Lost productivity due to eclipse watching was reportedly over 700 million dollars. That’s a day off or two for a bunch of people. Not everyone, but that’s a lot of productivity out the door. With the recent hurricanes we have a bunch of days off for fewer people, but still a lot of lost productivity.
These numbers are minor compared with the lost productivity that we see every day from poor effort, lack of effort, and wasted time. Employees who are dedicated and work hard are worth a lot more money than average or below average employees who don’t really work full time.